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The US Democratic National Convention: Buried hatchets and party unity

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By Euronews
The US Democratic National Convention: Buried hatchets and party unity

<p>Preparations are underway for the National Democratic convention in Philadelphia which kicks off on the 25th July. </p> <p>The event is expected to host 4769 delegates who will vote to officially usher in their Presidential nominee.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mayor Kenney unveils 2016 Democratic National Convention podium <a href="https://twitter.com/FOX29philly"><code>FOX29philly</a> <a href="https://t.co/ODARClUTQb">pic.twitter.com/ODARClUTQb</a></p>&mdash; Steve Keeley (</code>KeeleyFox29) <a href="https://twitter.com/KeeleyFox29/status/756446238157963264">July 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>The first woman nominee</h3> <p>Having gained the most pledged delegates, Hilary Clinton will undoubtedly be the first woman to receive the nomination from a major US party.</p> <p>Speaking in New York on 7th July she announced:</p> <p>“Thanks to you we have reached a milestone. The first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee for President of the United States”</p> <h3>Projecting unity</h3> <p>Unlike her rival Donald Trump, Clinton has the support of many of her party’s heavyweights, including, her husband Bill(for obvious reasons), the Obamas, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.</p> <h3>Historical parallels</h3> <p>The party will play upon the parallels with Barack Obama’s nomination in August 2008 in Denver as the first Black presidential nominee of a major party. At that national convention, Obama joked:</p> “I realise that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don’t fit the typical pedigree.” <h3>Hug and make up</h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">There Will Be No Platform Fight at the Democratic National Convention <br /> <br /> <a href="https://t.co/70k8wsHv8K">https://t.co/70k8wsHv8K</a> <a href="https://t.co/QoMproqS5P">pic.twitter.com/QoMproqS5P</a></p>— ➰ (@Nam_myoho_law) <a href="https://twitter.com/Nam_myoho_law/status/752997619639603200">July 12, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Despite their dog eat dog rivalry, Bernie Sanders endorsed Clinton on 12th July in Pourtsmouth. He perhaps learnt the lesson that party unity pays off at the polls. Or maybe the looming prospect of a potential President Trump was enough to bring them together. Sanders told crowds:</p> <p>“I intend to do everything that I can to make certain she will be the next President of The United States.”</p> <p>An awkward hug between the two symbolically united the party and left Clinton free to go after Trump unhindered in Washington on July 14th when she quipped:</p> <h3>Taking on Trump</h3> <p>“In Cleveland they will nominate someone who thinks that Latino outreach is tweeting a picture of a Taco Bowl”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump eating a taco bowl is not love for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Latinos?src=hash">#Latinos</a>. But an insult, because in reality he is a pathological racist. <a href="https://t.co/OuLImEalB8">pic.twitter.com/OuLImEalB8</a></p>— Latinos for Hillary (@ForHillary) <a href="https://twitter.com/ForHillary/status/756289597865361409">July 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>In any case the democrat’s convention promises to be a more conventional affair than the Republican’s.</p>